See below for updates on which trails have already been done. 

We need your help! The incredible trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area are only incredible if you can use them. They are in constant need of brushing for both winter and summer use. Summer is the best time to do the brushing.

Robert Hannon during a June brushing reconnaissance with a SCUM group.

Head Groomer Tom Helmers says brushing is needed on all the trails. He encourages individuals and groups to head out onto the trails and do some brushing. He does have a few rules:

  • Don’t get hurt.
  • Remove any brush that is within 10 to 15 feet of the trail.
  • Remove anything you cut off the trail surface.
  • Do not fell any trees larger than two to three inches in diameter.
  • Watch for overhead power lines–do not cut anything that will hit the power lines.
  • Have fun!

If you have any questions, contact Tom at

We’ve already had one person (who prefers to remain anonymous) put in 8 hours of brushing this summer! And we know the SCUM were out earlier doing a brushing reconnaissance in June.

If you or your group does some brushing, send photos and a list of the person-hours (hours per person) you put in to We’ll post it and try to encourage others to get out and do the same.

Do you want to challenge others? We’ll post that, too (after getting permission from any specifically named parties).

Let’s help keep the trails at Birch Hill in great shape for winter and summer!



Here’s a trail map and update to guide you in selecting trails to brush.

August 8, 2019: The Outhouse and most of the Warm-up trails have been brushed. Blue and Competition are pretty well beat down by the disc golfers. All other trails need help.